Released by: Dep. Joshua Westfall, Assistant Search And Rescue Coordinator
Occurred: 12/13/2020 2:17 PM
Location: Paulina Lake
Rescued: McCloud, Dylan, La Pine, OR, 32 yo male

On 12/13/20 at about 2:17 PM, Deschutes County Dispatch received a 911 call regarding a snowmobile rider, later identified as Dylan McCloud, who had crashed his sled into a tree on snowmobile trail 4 near Paulina Lake. The caller reported that parties on scene had begun to render aid to McCloud due to the significance of his injuries.
Three Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and one United States Forest Service Officer initially responded to the scene to assist. Additionally, nine Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Volunteers including a DCSO SAR doctor also responded to assist.
The Forest Service Officer and SAR doctor traveled about 3.25 miles to McCloud via snowmobile from 10 Mile Snow Park, reaching him at about 3:38 pm. The additional eight SAR volunteers also responded to the patient location via snowmobile with the DCSO SAR snow ambulance in tow.
McCloud was treated and then transported in the snow ambulance to 10 Mile Snow Park, arriving at about 4:35 pm where La Pine Fire was waiting. McCloud was then transported to St. Charles Bend via ground ambulance for further treatment.
Due to the signifiance of McCloud’s injuries, LifeFlight had begun responding to the scene but was forced to turn back mid-flight due to poor weather conditions.
It was later determined that the crash had occurred as McCloud had been negotiating a curve on his snowmobile when he lost control and struck a tree with the right side of his sled.
The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with six K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves over 200,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 259 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 191 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.